As a subsidiary of the Danish shipping and logistics Group DFDS A/S, AB DFDS Seaways benefits from over 140 years of experience, which has a significant impact on the company’s development. Fleet renewal, improvement of service quality, new market searches and consolidation of the existing ones, through a growing synergy in the DFDS Group enables AB DFDS Seaways to compete in the enlarged EU zone.
Integrating both freight and passenger services within its shipping network, DFDS A/S’ name is synonymous with high frequency and reliable services. In 2010 the Group underwent a major restructure in order to become a more efficient global operator. As a result its activities are now split between two distinct business areas – DFDS Logistics, and DFDS Seaways. DFDS Logistics incorporates all land transportation on road and railway networks, as well as container and side port shipping activities. In contrast, DFDS Seaways, of which AB DFDS Seaways is a part, covers all passenger, roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) and ropax activities.
The foundations of AB DFDS Seaways lie in the incorporation of AB Lisco Baltic Service in 2001, following a major restructure of Lithuanian shipping company AB Lietuvos jūrų laivininkystė. At the same time, AB Lisco Baltic Service took over part of the dry cargo ship operation, and all of the ferry activities of the former shipping company and became part of DFDS A/S. Following the integration and development process, in June 2006 the name of Lisco Baltic Service was changed to DFDS Lisco.
DFDS A/S went onto acquire maritime and logistics company Norfolkline in July 2010, which played a major role in its strategic restructure. With this new organisation in place the DFDS Lisco logo was replaced with DFDS Seaways. It was almost a year later, in June 2011, that the company first began operating under the AB DFDS Seaways name, where it currently employs over 600 personnel, including approximately 530 seafarers employed on its eight wholly owned vessels.
At present AB DFDS Seaways consists of ten individual companies spread between Germany, Lithuania, and Cyprus to create this fully integrated division. At present, AB DFDS Seaways operates passenger lines from Klaipėda, the third largest city in Lithuania and only ice-free port on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea, to Karlshamn in southern Sweden, Kiel in northern Germany, and Sassnitz in eastern Germany. The company is also the cargo agent of DFDS Seaways (formerly DFDS Tor Line) freight services along these routes, as well as Klaipėda to Copenhagen, Fredericia, and Aarhus in Denmark.
In order to meet with the DFDS A/S Group’s quality policy, throughout the first seven years of its operation AB DFDS Seaways has acquired seven state-of-the-art vessels, and sold on eleven vessels that failed to meet the service standards of the company. This includes four new ferries – Liverpool Seaways, Lisco Optima, Lisco Patria, and Lisco Maxima. Since May 2009, the Lisco Maxima has been deployed on the Klaipėda -Kiel service three times a week. Capable of accommodating 2850 lane metres including passenger cars and 515 passengers, the vessel has one of the largest passenger capacities in the Lithuanian ships register. Also running on the same route three times a week is the smaller Lisco Optima.
By investing in its ferry fleet, AB DFDS Seaways has been able to consolidate its position on the routes between Lithuania, and Germany and Sweden, and significantly improved the service rendered to its customers. In January 2009, AB DFDS Seaways acquired two ro-ro vessels, Tor Botnia and Tor Finlandia, which have also served to strengthen its provision for connecting routes to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Immingham, UK. Tor Finlandia serves route between Zeebrugge, Holland, and Rostyth, the UK, whilst Tor Botnia runs routes between Kiel, Germany, and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Since its incorporation into the DFDS A/S Group, AB DFDS Seaways has adopted its overall vision of a “European transport network, which provides competitive, differentiated and value creating transport solutions for passengers and cargo clients.” In order to meet these aspirations, the company’s commitment to investment and fulfilling customer requirements is crucial, as it looks to identify new upcoming opportunities across its main business areas. Furthermore, as tourism begins to grow within ukKlaipėda, which is now regarded as Lithuania’s gateway to the world, AB DFDS Seaways’ established presence suggests the business appears well placed to service this increase in demand.
Part of integrated shipping and logistics company DFDS A/S
Fleet of state-of-the-art vessels
Regular services from Lithuania to northern Europe